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Cragun’s Resort $20 Million Renovation Continues During Pandemic

BRAINERD, Minn., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eric Peterson, General Manager of Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN, is one of the most positive people you’ll meet. Give him lemons and he’ll gladly take them and say “Thanks – Free Lemons”! Which is exactly the positive attitude Peterson and Cragun’s have taken during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

This coming winter marks the half-way point of Cragun’s $20 million-dollar resort expansion and improvement project. In late 2015, Cragun’s embarked on an aggressive plan to remodel, replace and add new amenities and lodging to ensure the resort’s continued success. When the pandemic started to slow things down in March, Peterson took the opportunity to ramp up construction in several areas of the resort. This enabled Cragun’s to keep people employed and make significant progress in the improvement plan.

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Smoking From Home: Imperial Brands Sees Revenue Lift From Pandemic | Top News

LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for cigarettes has picked up in the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by a rise in home working that has given smokers more opportunities to light up, Imperial Brands said on Thursday.

The maker of Gauloises and West cigarettes nudged up its full-year revenue forecast.

A spokesman for the British firm said consumers appeared to be spending more on tobacco as they saved money in other areas, such as travel and holidays, while working from home meant many of them were not restricted by when they could smoke.

The news came as Ladbrokes and bwin owner GVC Holdings raised its annual earnings outlook, helped by a surge in online gaming, in another sign consumers are looking to escape the stresses of the pandemic.

Imperial said it expected full-year net revenue to be broadly flat, with a 1% increase in its tobacco business offsetting a 30% drop in its

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How the Pandemic Is Helping Some Millennials Realize Their Home-Buying Dreams

This year’s coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying recession have turned a lot of people’s financial plans upside down. But those millennials who’ve been lucky enough to hang onto their jobs are fast-tracking their plans to buy a home, in part because the pandemic is helping them do so.

The nation’s largest generation has been helped by record-low mortgage interest rates, according to a recent realtor.com® survey. Those low rates are helping to offset home prices that are at an all-time high in many places.

In addition, the survey results show that stay-at-home orders have helped these 20- and 30-somethings save money they might otherwise have spent going out, thus helping them amass a down payment.


The report is based on a June survey of 2,000 home shoppers who plan to purchase a home within the next year. Those planning to buy a home, of course, are more likely to still

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Asia-Pacific has more billionaires than any other region, as pandemic boosts wealth

There are now 2,189 billionaires globally with a combined wealth of $10.2 trillion, as the pandemic-induced stock market rally catapulted the net worth of the world’s uber wealthy to a new high. 



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As of July 2020, Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest number of ultra-high net worth individuals, with 831 (38%) of the super rich residing in the region, where billionaire wealth now totals $3.3 trillion, according to Swiss bank UBS’ new Billionaires Insights Report 2020. That compares to 762 (35%) across the Americas and 596 (27%) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

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The findings, based on interviews and data from 2,000 billionaires across 43 markets, saw Asia-Pacific retain its global position as “the engine of wealth growth,” UBS Global Wealth Management’s Anurag Mahesh said at the report’s launch Wednesday.  

Mainland China emerged as the region’s top market for wealth creation, with 415

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How Two Music Industry Professionals Launched A New Business During A Pandemic

When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, married couple “Zito” and Christin Zito were trying to figure out next steps. Zito, who spent the past 20 years on the road most recently serving as production manager for Steve Aoki, and Christin, a celebrity hair and makeup stylist, weren’t sure what to do.

On Easter Sunday the couple was planning a cheat meal for their diet and Zito had a sourdough starter already made. While brainstorming what to make with it, they settled on sourdough cinnamon rolls. Having previously baked sourdough bread during Covid-19, the Zitos immediately knew there was something special about the sourdough cinnamon rolls. When Christin posted a photo on Instagram of their cheat meal,

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Lowe’s Provides Additional Bonus To Support Associates, Increasing Pandemic Commitment To More Than $775 Million

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced it will provide an additional $100 million in discretionary bonuses to recognize front-line hourly associates for their continued service and support of Lowe’s communities, bringing the company’s total commitment to associates and communities during the pandemic to more than $775 million.

All active hourly associates in Lowe’s U.S. stores, distribution centers and store support centers will receive the bonus on Oct. 16. Full-time hourly associates will receive $300, and part-time and seasonal associates will receive $150. The October bonus will match the funds Lowe’s provided to all hourly associates in March, May, July and August.

“Throughout the spring, summer and now into fall, our front-line associates have shown remarkable resilience and dedication to our communities in the most trying times we have faced together,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president

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Europe’s Banks Get Serious About Work From Home After Pandemic

(Bloomberg) — So how much will you really be able to work from home after the pandemic? A lot more than you might think, if you work for a European bank.

As some Wall Street executives warn of the perils of working from home for too long, Europe’s biggest lenders are getting serious about using lessons learned in the pandemic to lower costs and afford employees a better work-life balance. They’re changing a culture that has seen few disruptions of this magnitude since modern office buildings were created.

Leading the way in Europe are the Dutch, whose biggest banks predict that staff will be working about half their time from home once the pandemic is over. In Italy, UniCredit SpA plans to have 40% of work done remotely after the crisis, while Switzerland’s UBS Group AG estimates that employees could work from home about a third of the time.



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Buoy Health CEO founding story and staying afloat in the pandemic

  • Dr. Andrew Le lost his home in a fire shortly before he pitched his company, Buoy Health, to investors.
  • “I literally didn’t have a place to live,” Lee said. At the time, he was couch-surfing. 
  • Now, his health information company helps more than 9 million people, and he figured out how to get health insurers and employers to pay for it.
  • Early in the coronavirus pandemic, Buoy emerged early with a new tool that helped people understand their symptoms and risks. 
  • Business Insider named Le one of its “30 under 40” leaders transforming healthcare. 

Dr. Andrew Le had little else besides the clothes on his back when he pitched his company idea to investors in 2014. 

At the time, he was couch surfing after his apartment burned down in a fire. Even before that, though, he and his three cofounders had been living off the little savings they had. 

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Ways to Embrace the Holidays During the Pandemic

Different doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. After all, it’ll be easier to avoid that family party you usually dread!

Yes, the holidays are going to be a little (a lot) different this year.

The pandemic is now part of our everyday life, meaning that normal things like knocking on a bunch of strangers’ doors to get candy or simply gathering in a big group may not be possible. (At best, these traditions aren’t encouraged.)

But the holidays don’t need to be canceled or minimized — unless you want to use the virus as an excuse to do less and by all means do you if that’s the case.

If you’re still feeling the holiday spirit, you can make this time of year just as special even while safely distanced. Here’s how.

It’s so easy to focus on what we can’t do right now. But many

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How to protect your well-being while working from home during the pandemic @carolsankar



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How to protect your well-being while working from home during the pandemic @carolsankar

The corporate world has completely changed since the pandemic began and employees should be careful about keeping a business-as-usual attitude.

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The corporate world has completely changed since the pandemic began and employees should be careful about keeping a business-as-usual attitude. When working in familiar surroundings (ie: remotely from home), we can be lulled into being complacent as loved ones play and relax in proximity.

As work from home workers now assume the dual role of both homeowner and occupational safety manager, they are responsible for minimizing the risk of spreading disease, reducing mental stress and preventing injury. Changes to office health protocols apply within the household. Just like a workplace environment, a home workstation should be safe, comfortable and foster productivity and overall employee wellness.

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